BAM opens Newlands Cross Junction ahead of schedule
20th November 2014
BAM Group Ireland has completed and officially opened the new free-flow junction at Newlands Cross four months ahead of schedule and within budget. The new flyover, which facilitates nationwide travel from the North to the South of Ireland without any traffic lights, was officially opened today by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe T.D.
The project comprised the replacement of the existing signalised junction at Newlands Cross with a grade separated junction carrying the N7 over Belgard Road via a new flyover. The project is a public private partnership (PPP) between BAM Group Ireland and the National Roads Authority for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the junction. Over 950 construction workers were involved in the project through its duration.
Speaking at the official opening, Theo Cullinane, BAM Group Ireland Chief Executive said: “We are proud to open the N7 junction four months ahead of schedule and within budget. The N7 is one of the busiest routes in the country and the new junction will improve traffic flow on this important commuting and commercial gateway. Motorists can now travel the length of the country without traffic lights, a development which is truly remarkable and unique across Europe. I would like to pay tribute to commuters, local residents and business owners for their co-operation and patience while construction was underway, and I can assure them that the new junction will have a positive impact on the area.
“BAM continues to invest in and deliver major social and infrastructural projects that support the development of the Irish economy. We have completed four major PPP projects in recent years including eight schools under the recently completed Schools Bundle 3 and we are Preferred Bidder for Schools Bundle 4. We are honoured to play a key role in transport infrastructural projects which transform Ireland, provide extensive employment and greatly improve road safety.”
The N7 / N11 PPP also includes the construction of a 16 km dual carriageway on the N11 between the north end of the Arklow Bypass and the southern end of the Ashford Bypass and the construction of two new grade separated interchanges at the Beehive junction and at Jack White’s cross-roads. This project is expected to conclude in September 2015.